Houser’s 1st win- ECHL call-up, first game in 14 months

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  1. Korg My name is Korg; I'm made of rocks.

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    Nice to see him get his first win. I was surprised he wasn't drafted after winning OHL MVP and tieing the single season OHL wins record. Worth a shot in the dark, I figured.
     
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    It's Enrico Palazzo!
     
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  3. MarkusKetterer Shoulda got one game in

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    He just got his 2nd win.
     
  4. Olofssons Garage Let’s Go Buffalo

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    45 saves and 3 more in the shootout, what is going on :laugh:
     
  5. ChrisK97 Registered User

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    HE DID IT AGAIN
     
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    Nice comeback by Buffalo! Congrats again Houser.
     
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    Carter Hutton had 1 win this year. And Eichel was still playing at that point.

    Houser has 2.
     
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  8. Cardiac Jerks Chicka Chicka Yeah

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    Still not as bad as the leafs losing to a zamboni driver :laugh:
     
  9. ChrisK97 Registered User

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    WHO WORKS FOR THEM
     
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    Well this is a feel-good story if I've ever seen one. Good for him. The feeling must be incredible, even if it's short lived. Seems like a pretty decent guy from his interviews.
     
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  11. MarkusKetterer Shoulda got one game in

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    BUT THE LEAFS DIDN’T LOSE. THEY JUST WENT EASY ON THEIR FRIEND!!
     
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  12. Kublakhan Lets Go Buffalo !!!

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    make that two in a row
     
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  13. IlikeEich Registered User

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    Dude is undefeated, happy for him and happy the Sabres have turned an awful year into some good stories.
     
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    Just wanted to get this guy a main board thread. He's gotta be the coolest Sabres story line of the year.

    Houser is 28yo and in his 9th pro season, having spent most of the last decade toiling away in the ECHL. He was born with bilateral clubfoot, which he's had 16 surgeries on, most before the age of 2 but with some follow-ups in his tween years. You know in little league when they put the kids who are terrible in outfield because they won't be asked to do much there anyway? That's kind of how Houser started as a goalie. He wouldn't be left out of hockey, but he couldn't really skate with his feet as they were, so they put him in net. Despite that rocky start, Houser had a very nice junior career with the London Knights, but it wasn't enough to get him drafted, and he's been bouncing around the minors ever since.

    Before yesterday, he hadn't played a game anywhere in over a year, but he's the only goalie the Sabres have under contract who's healthy enough to play. He started Buffalo's last 2 games against the Islanders, and he came away with 4 points and a .940sv%.
     
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    THE ISLANDERS LOST AN ACTUAL NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE GAME TO AN ECHL GOALTENDER​
     
  16. njdevils1982 Hell Toupée!!!

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    i cant stand buffalo but this might as well be obligatory for this thread…good on the guy

     
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    Isles can use Houser’s 9 iron when their season ends in a couple of weeks.

    Congrats to him, and nice job in the shootout.
     
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    I don't get how that works? Why does he get the call up? Makes no sense.
     
  19. Kublakhan Lets Go Buffalo !!!

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    He is the 6th goalie the Sabres have used this season..
     
  20. MarkusKetterer Shoulda got one game in

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    Was signed before the Sabres traded Johansson to the Avs.

    The past two games, the Sabres goalie depth has been: Houser, Lekkas (emergency PTO who was on Rochester on a PTO), and goalie coach Mike Bales as the taxi squad goalie.

    UPL & Hutton are done for the year. Tokarski’s season is over after he left the team for family reasons. Ullmark is back practicing but it’s unknown if he’ll play any of the two games remaining.
     
  21. HabsQC At the end of the day

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    Had it been last year I would've been impressed, but nothing can top that zamboni guy who beat the Leafs (of all teams).

    On a more serious note, great story props to him.
     
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    Because Buffalo wasn’t allowing any crowd in the last two games Houser’s mom couldn’t go see him play in the nhl. But they are allowed in Pittsburgh and he’s playing in front of his whole family. Win or lose that has to be almost as good as getting that first start and win.
     
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    Good for him. Even if he never playa again he can say he made it to the NHL and got a couple wins. More than 99% of goalies get to say
     
  24. Kublakhan Lets Go Buffalo !!!

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    man he is getting lit up tonight but our D is leaving him out to dry..
     
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    Awesome story, but Jeff Carter put Houser over his knee tonight.
     

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